Visiting Medical Students
(Externships/Audition Electives )
South Alabama students have first priority in selecting elective rotations. Because of the timing of preparing the schedules of our own students, we will begin to take action on applications from extramural students for an upcoming year around the first of May. Ultimate approval to study at South Alabama rests with the Office of the Associate Dean for Medical Education & Student Affairs in consultation with the department in which a student requests to study. In practice, if a slot exists in an elective during the block requested, and if the application packet is complete, the request will be approved.
M4-OASIS Senior VS course catalog. OASIS M-4 courses are NOT open to all visiting students. Applicants must view each course and look under the visiting student section of the course description to see if that course accepts visiting students from their school.
Many courses have different Visiting Students requirements - so you MUST READ all of the information UNDER the Visiting Student section of each course to see if you will be able to apply to that Department based on their requirements. Do not contact individual course director's or departments inquiring about acceptance or dates to rotate. The Office of Medical Education and Student Affairs will process all visiting student application packets and will contact them by the email listed on their application form. Some departments have set minimum Step 1 and Comlex scores to apply.
**Our electives are four weeks in duration except for Block 7 (five weeks) that allows for 1 week off for the Holidays. We do not offer 2 week rotations.
Visiting medical students are to conform to our block schedule dates listed. We limit all visiting students to a maximum of 8 weeks and minimum of 4 weeks on site.
Effective January 1, 2014: We will no longer accept Visiting Medical Students from Foreign & Caribbean Medical Schools for Audition Electives.
We are currently accepting applications from qualifying senior year medical students that are entering the 2014 NRMP MATCH.
Dates for the 2014-15 year will not be available until April 2014.
Open to accept Applications after April 1 - Notifications will be sent out after our M4 students have been scheduled--after June 15.
Block /Rotation dates: Visiting Students MUST adhere to the exact Block dates below.
2013 - 2014 ROTATION DATES for Visiting Medical Students:
BLOCK 1: July 1, 2013 to July 26, 2013
BLOCK 2: July 29, 2013 to August 23, 2013
BLOCK 3: August 26, 2013 to September 20, 2013
BLOCK 4: September 23, 2013 to October 18, 2013
BLOCK 5: October 21, 2013 to November 15, 2013
BLOCK 6: November 18, 2013 to December 13, 2013
BLOCK 7: December 16, 2013 to January 17, 2014 (1 week off)**
BLOCK 8: January 20, 2014 to February 14, 2014
NOTE: Send all requested items from our checklist together in one packet. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
The University of South Alabama College of Medicine has agreed to follow the guidelines for visiting students subscribed to by most U.S. medical schools. These rules place a modest burden on the student during the application process, but result in a positive experience while visiting our institution.
A non-refundable processing fee of $100 per rotation (max 2 rotations) will be collected by the Office of Medical Education & Student Affairs upon your arrival the first day. Do not send any funds with application.
Complete APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS for Visiting Medical Students are listed on the two page Application below.
Obtain required signatures for all forms and send via regular U.S. mail (along with documentation of your student health insurance and your school's documentation of your professional liability [malpractice] verification and other required documents listed below.
Send by regular mail the following (we must have original signatures) (Incomplete Application packets will NOT be processed)
1. USA Visiting Student Application Form signed by Dean of Home School and mailed to address on application form.
2. University of South Alabama Immunization Certificate completed and signed by Physician.
3. Proof of Malpractice coverage that meets the requirement of $1 million per occurrence/ $3 million annual aggregate.
4. Copy of the official passing document of USMLE Step 1(LCME) report or COMLEX Level 1 score (DO school) Some Departments have minimum scores listed on their course in the online OASIS catalog. READ ALL information under Visiting Students section of the course you are applying to and make sure you will be considered for that course/rotation per their requirements.
5. Printed copy of student's current personal health insurance card.
6. Attach a color wallet photograph to be used in the course roster.
Karen A. Braswell
Coordinator COM Clinical Education
Medical Education & Student Affairs
University of South Alabama
2451 Fillingim St., Mastin Bldg, Room 202
Mobile, AL 36617-2293
Please be advised:
The prospective visitor must make his or her own arrangements for housing and transportation. Public transportation in Mobile is very limited. An automobile is a necessity. The University of South Alabama has been added to the search site Rotating Room. RotatingRoom.com is a sublet website created by medical students for medical students. Used by dozens of medical schools, hundreds of hospitals, and thousands of students around the country.
The University of South Alabama College of Medicine reserves the right to cancel the rotation/s for any visiting student giving them notice by email at least 30 days in advance. A visiting student that needs to cancel a rotation that is registered with the University of South Alabama - MUST give at least 30 days advance notice. Visiting students who fail to appear on the first day of their rotation will NOT be allowed to apply again later in the year.
Evaluation/ Grade Forms: Visiting Students are responsible to bring their school's evaluation/grade form with them and give it to the course director/preceptor to complete BEFORE the last day of the rotation. USA College of Medicine Medical Education & Student Affairs office does not assume any responsibility for any evaluation/grade forms for visiting medical students.
For more information, please contact Ms. Karen Braswell, at 251-471-7145.